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Elvis has left the building! Longtime Collingwood festival fizzles out

Currently, there is no Elvis Festival planned for Collingwood in 2020
Elvis tribute artist Mike Calamusa is shown at the Collingwood Elvis Festival in this file photo. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

The town officially ran out of expressions of interest for a 2020 Elvis Festival.

The Town of Collingwood announced the third and final group that expressed interest in running an “Elvis-related” event in Collingwood in 2020 has withdrawn its application.

According to a notice posted on the town’s website, the final proponent said they were unable to secure the talent required for a successful event, and were unable to license the festival for their “desired weekend.”

The town announced it would cease operating the annual Collingwood Elvis Festival after the 2019 event, which was the 25th annual festival in Collingwood.

However, the town would offer a special permit (through an application) to a third-party to operate the festival. The permit could be issued on a first-come, first-served basis provided the proponent met the requirements.

The town received three applications and has received three withdrawals from those proponents since January.

The town had placed a hold on the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena to ensure a proponent could rent the facility for July 24-26.

As of yesterday, that hold was removed, according to the town’s website.

The Eddie Bush Memorial Arena can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor.
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